Volunteers

We need more people to volunteer in all areas of the parish, from musicians to pass keepers and sacristans (and aspiring journalists to help with this newsletter!)

Announcement from Safeguarding team

Can we ask that anyone with a pack of forms complete it and get it back to either Paula or Fionnbar after mass as soon as possible.

For the avoidance of doubt, having a “Disclosure Scotland” certificate doesn’t exempt one from the requirement for PVG.  Disclosure Scotland is being replaced by the new PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) scheme.  Rather than delay while waiting for a chance to discuss, just complete the forms and bring them in to Fionnbar or Paula.

With respect to proof of ID, again, don’t overthink things, just fill out the forms and bring in photo ID and address ID x 2 (a passport along with a bank statement and a utility bill or other official correspondence will definitely work). we just need to look at them and you will get them back there and then.

Finally, when you get your PVG form in the mail, please let us know as we will have no other way of updating the records.

Mass for Young People Feast of Christ the King

Mass for Young People  Feast of Christ the King –

Today  at St Peter’s Church, Carmondean, Livingston EH54 8PT at 5.30pm.

There will be Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament and opportunity for Confession from 4.30pm to which you are all invited. Afterwards there will be refreshments and time for meeting and getting to know each other

Please come along and celebrate with other young people from The Archdiocese.

For more information and to let us know that you would like to take part, please contact anne.mcevoy@staned.org.uk or call (0131) 6238917.

Father Jamie Boyle

Fr Jamie leaves the parish this week  to take up his appointment as parish priest of St Francis Xavier’s Falkirk.  We thank him for his great contribution to the parish in the last six months and all that he has directed in that time.  After 11.30 Mass today there will be a chance to say farewell to him at a gathering in the parish hall.

This Week’s Feasts

Today is the Feast of Christ the King – the last Sunday of the Church’s year.  We celebrate the reign of Christ over this world and the hope for the life of the world to come.  Christ shows us the way to lead our lives and invites us into his path and reminds us of his gift of himself for our sins, our failure to live out his path.  As this Church year ends let us pray for improvement in our world for the year ahead.

Mass Intentions

 

Sunday Christ the King Parish
Monday Ss Andrew Dung Lac & Companions Oktawian Tybulewicz
Tuesday Tuesday week 34 Donors Intention
Wednesday Wednesday week 34 Special Intention
Thursday Thursday week 34 Mary McLean
Friday Friday week 34 Kathy McNeill
Saturday Saturday week 34 Donors Intention

Safeguarding

Can I ask that anyone with a pack of forms complete it and get it back to either Paula or I after mass as soon as possible.

For the avoidance of doubt, having a “Disclosure Scotland” certificate doesn’t exempt you from the requirement for PVG.  Disclosure Scotland is being replaced by the new PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) scheme.  Rather than delay while waiting for a chance to discuss, just complete the forms and bring them in to me.

With respect to ID, again, don’t overthink things, just fill out the forms and bring in photo ID and address ID x 2 (a passport along with a bank statement and a utility bill or other official correspondence will definitely work). I just need to look at them and you will get them back there and then.

Finally, when you get your PVG form in the mail, please let me know as I will have no other way of updating the records.

Thanks

Fionnbar

Saint Cecilia

584px-St-ceciliaThere was in the city of Rome a virgin named Cecilia, who was given in marriage to a youth named Valerian. She wore sackcloth next to her skin, and fasted, and invoked the saints and angels and virgins, beseeching them to guard her virginity. And she said to her husband, “I will tell you a secret if you will swear not to reveal it to anyone.” And when he swore, she added, “There is an angel who watches me, and wards off from me any who would touch me.” He said, “Dearest, if this be true, show me the angel.” “That can only be if you will believe in one God, and be baptized.”

She sent him to Pope S. Urban (223­230), who baptized him; and when he returned, he saw Cecilia praying in her chamber, and an angel by her with flaming wings, holding two crowns of roses and lilies, which he placed on their heads, and then vanished. Shortly after, Tibertius, the brother of Valerian, entered, and wondered at the fragrance and beauty of the flowers at that season of the year.

When he heard the story of how they had obtained these crowns, he also consented to be baptized. After their baptism the two brothers devoted themselves to burying the martyrs slain daily by the prefect of the city, Turcius Almachius. [There was no prefect of that name.] They were arrested and brought before the prefect, and when they refused to sacrifice to the gods were executed with the sword.

In the meantime, S. Cecilia, by preaching had converted four hundred persons, whom Pope Urban forthwith baptized. Then Cecilia was arrested, and condemned to be suffocated in the baths. She was shut in for a night and a day, and the fires were heaped up, and made to glow and roar their utmost, but Cecilia did not even break out into perspiration through the heat. When Almachius heard this he sent an executioner to cut off her head in the bath. The man struck thrice without being able to sever the head from the trunk. He left her bleeding, and she lived three days. Crowds came to her, and collected her blood with napkins and sponges, whilst she preached to them or prayed. At the end of that period she died, and was buried by Pope Urban and his deacons.

St. Cecilia is regarded as the patroness of music [because of the story that she heard heavenly music in her heart when she was married], and is represented in art with an organ or organ­pipes in her hand.

From The Lives of the Saints by the Rev. S. Baring­Gould, M.A., published in 1914 in Edinburgh.

Saint Hilda of Whitby

256px-Detail_from_St._Hilda_at_Hartlepool_by_James_Clark_(Oil_Painting)The English princess Hilda led a virtuous life in the world until at the age of thirty­three she resolved to consecrate her virginity to God as a nun in a convent in Northumbria. She became the abbess of the nearby double­monastery of Hartlepool, a religious community of monks and nuns living separately in adjoining convents. Later, she served as abbess of another double monastery known as Whitby. Hilda was a zealous advocate of Scripture studies. Her great virtue and prudence became known outside the monastery, inspiring the conversions of many sinners. Toward the end of her life, she suffered from a lingering illness that subjected her to a continuous high fever. Despite her physical misery, she directed her thoughts to offering thanksgiving to God.

Saint Hilda is considered one of the patron saints of learning and culture, including poetry.

From The Lives of the Saints by the Rev. S. Baring­Gould, M.A., published in 1914 in Edinburgh.

Clergy Moves

The Archbishop has announced the following clergy moves to take effect on the First Sunday of Advent.

Rev. Desmond Keegan CSsR resigns as parish priest of St Patricks’, Cowgate.

Rt. Rev Monsignor Philip Kerr VG becomes parish priest of St Patrick’s, Cowgate

Rev. Jamie Boyle becomes parish priest of St Francis Xavier, Falkirk, St Anthony’s, Polmont & St Mary of the Angels, Camelon.